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Guide to the Morris Schappes Papers TAM.179

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY, 10012
(212) 998-2630

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive

Collection processed by Jan Hilley, 2009. Edited by Nicole Greenhouse for compliance with DACS and Tamiment Required Elements for Archival Description, 2012. Edited by Maggie Schreiner to reflect updated administrative information, 2014.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on August 18, 2014
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited by Heather Mulliner for compliance with DACS and Tamiment Required Elements for Archival Description and to reflect the incorporation of nonprint materials  , August 2014

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Schappes, Morris U. (Morris Urman), 1907-
Title: Morris Schappes Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1911-2004
Dates [bulk]: Bulk, 1928-2002
Abstract: Morris U. Schappes (1907-2004) was a scholar, editor and activist who was fired by the City College of New York after being investigated as a Communist Party member, and who spent over a year in prison (1943-1944) for perjury after refusing to name other Party members when testifying before an investigating committee of the New York State Legislature. He was a founder and longtime editor of the progressive, secular magazine Jewish Currents; a popular lecturer; and the author of articles, reviews, radio broadcasts, books and monographs, many of them on U.S. Jewish history. This collection contains correspondence, published and unpublished writings, clippings and other printed ephemera, photographs, research materials and documents produced by various progressive organizations. In addition, there is a considerable quantity of  Jewish Currents editorial correspondence, Editorial Board minutes and administrative files.
Quantity: 43.25 linear feet in 43 record cartons and 1 manuscript box.
Location Note: Materials are stored off-site and advance notice is required for use. Please contact at least two business days prior to research visit.
Language of Materials: Materials are primarily in English and Yiddish, with a few items in Spanish and French.
Call Phrase: TAM.179